Murder At St. Lucas Hospital 10

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Jeff was having dinner with Uncle Kindness and Aunt Tammy. His older brother Isaac, was visiting. After learning a trade, he joined the police force and had risen through the ranks to become a Superintendent. He was married with 2 sons. Nkem, his wife was pregnant with their 3rd child.

“We need to conduct deliverance to change Jeff’s marital status. Do you know the number of pretty girls in our church that flock around him? He won’t even give them the time of day,” Aunt Tammy complained.

“Should he become a player? He can only date a girl he sees himself marrying,” Uncle Kindness murmured over his food.

Aunt Tammy glared at him in jest. “Isaac, what do you have to say?” she asked.

He cleared his throat noisily as his wife joined in the glaring.

“Why are you clearing your throat?” his wife, Nkem asked.

“Am I now under fire? Is it not Jeff who should be your target? Please, face him.”

“The Lord will send me a wife in due season,”Jeff announced in a comically deepened voice.

The group burst into laughter. When the room stilled, he raised his head.

“I actually met someone.”

“Really? When? “Aunt Tammy asked.

“Who?” Nkem asked.

He smiled at them. “She is Aunt Tammy’s doctor. Her name is Veronica.”

“Dr. Veronica?” Aunt Tammy was surprised. “Wow! She is such a wonderful person. Great choice. Let me call her and ask her why she didn’t tell me anything.”

Jeff put out a hand to stop her from making the call. “She is yet to consent to go on a date with me.”

“What does that mean?”Nkem asked. “Have you even asked?”

“I tried but she seems to have a boyfriend or something. At least that was the impression I got from the call she received in my presence. She has been so hostile.”

Isaac cleared his throat.

“Why is he always clearing his throat?”Aunt Tammy asked Nkem.

“It’s a bad habit,” she replied. “I am tired of trying to change him.”

Isaac smiled sheepishly.

“Women!”Uncle Kindness chimed in. “The very quirk in his character that attracted you to him is what you are now claiming you have been trying to change.”

“Back to Jeff and the good doctor,” Aunt Tammy leaned forward. “I think we should invite her for our baby dedication. That will give you both an opportunity to talk without the pressure of being on a date. What do you think?”

“Splendid idea!” Nkem enthused.

Jeff nodded, deep in thought.

“You ladies have to allow him do the chasing. Do not tell her anything or try to coerce her beforehand, agreed?” Uncle Kindness requested.

“Yes sir,” his wife saluted smartly.

The group burst into laughter as they rose from the table; the men slapping Jeff on the shoulder, the women winking at him mischievously.

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Chapter 7

Barr. Obi was meeting with Sgt. Victor and his lawyer, Barr. Kola. They were in his office bright and early on a Monday morning. He seated them on a couch and ordered refreshments. When they were comfortable, he took a seat opposite them.

“Good morning again, gentlemen. Thank you for coming. I hope we can reach an amicable agreement today,” he began.

“That depends on you,” Victor murmured.

His lawyer glanced at him in warning. He cleared his throat.

“Of course, sir. We are as anxious as you are to resolve this matter. You can imagine the trauma it has put the family through. Even the fact that the boy is yet to be buried has denied them closure,” Barr. Kola replied.

“So, where are we?” Barr. Obi spread out his hands.

Barr. Kola opened his case and brought out a file. He handed him the file, sat back and rubbed his hands. Barr. Obi accepted it, opened it and read it. If he felt anger at the demands stipulated, his face did not betray it. After a few minutes had passed, he closed the file and raised his head.

“N20,000, 000? Really? Plus legal costs? We made an offer of N500,000,” he said.

Victor burst into laughter, slapping his thigh and shaking with mirth.

“I’m sorry, did I miss something? “Barr. Obi asked.

Barr. Kola did not join in the laughter. He was mildly in awe of Barr. Obi who was a legend in the practice. As much as he intended to win the case, he did not plan to incense him any more than he had to. Victor finally calmed and wiped his mouth.

“See eh, that money you mentioned is chicken change. I thought you were even joking..” he said.

Barr. Obi interrupted him.

“The hospital does not have that kind of money. You may not be aware that the founder died this year and he left it in dire straits.”

“Wetin be dire straits?” Victor asked.

Barr. Kola placed a hand on his client’s arm to still him. “Let us be reasonable sir. You have not even offered half of what we asked for. We have given a generous concession. ”

Barr. Obi looked up calmly, rubbing his beard. “The hospital is still in an adjustment phase. The M.D. is new. We are trying to be realistic here. There is no need agreeing to pay money we don’t have.”

“Sell the place na*”, Victor quipped.

His lawyer eyed him angrily.

“We can’t because of certain legal ramifications, even if we were willing to,” Barr. Obi replied.

“Could we come to a more acceptable amount? How about something in the range of N15,000,000?” Barr. Kola asked. “I don’t think you understand the situation…”Barr. Obi was saying.

Sgt. Victor got to his feet sputtering angrily, “This man is a joker! Can you imagine? Let’s get out of here.”

“Calm down, ” Barr. Kola said.

“For wetin*? That money go comot I swear! You no get money, see the kind suit wey you wear? Rubbish!*”

He stomped out without another word. Barr. Kola rose to his feet.

“I apologise sir,” he said as he buttoned his jacket.

“That’s alright. You are not responsible for his actions ” he extended a hand for a shake.

“I will get back to you when we confer,” he shook hands with him before leaving.

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Outside the building, Victor stood by his counsel’s car to wait. It was a blue ford. He leaned on the car and brought out a pack of cigarettes. Lighting them, hands still shaking with anger, he took a puff, threw back his head and exhaled. Barr. Kola saw him as he exited the building and shook his head as he approached.

“What was that all about?” he asked.

“I had to scare the man a bit! He was speaking too much grammar: dire straits, mini skirt nko*? See, people respect you when you raise your voice. No fall my hand O*!” he answered rudely.

“That man has been in the game for long. If you try to push him to the wall it will backfire. Don’t take him for granted,” Kola warned.

“E no fit do jack*!” Victor spat.

“I have warned you. Let me call the shots. You know that I want to win this case as much as you do. There is a way to go about things.”

Victor ignored him and turned away. He threw his cigarette on the floor and stepped on it. Barr. Kola unlocked the doors, eyeing him angrily. Both men got in without another word. At the station, Barr. Kola went in with him to report what had transpired to Superintendent Jang. It was he who had actually engaged Kola. The agreement was that he would wait till they received a compensation to get his money. He was a friend of the D.P.O who needed a break so he accepted.

Jang listened to him silently. When he had heard him out, he thanked him and dismissed him before sending for Victor who was lurking outside.

“Sit down, ” he ordered after acknowledging the salute from his subordinate. “This case; I hope it is not a waste of our time? The kind of peanuts they are offering; do they know something we don’t. ”

“Oga, that man is not a small boy. He is just being smart. They have connived with the medical examiner to delay the autopsy report. Today, it is power failure, tomorrow, it is health worker’s strike. He knows we have no case without it.”

“What do we do?”

“I suggest we arrest that doctor without warning. We should lock her up and charge her for murder. That will force them to pay the money,” Victor said.

Jang leaned back in his chair, eyes on Victor, deep in thought. A lot of highly placed individuals had called him when the doctor was first arrested, urging him to play fair. None of them had offered him any money though. He had to cough up a huge sum to fund the wedding of his daughter in a few months. Her in-laws were wealthy and he didn’t want to come up short. Already, he had borrowed N500, 000 from the co-operative for the traditional wedding which featured in all the leading magazines and blogs. His wife reminded him daily of the date which was soon approaching.

“Let me sleep on it. If we have to arrest her, we must not allow her to call that her lawyer before we get there. She has to be taken by surprise. When she spends a night in jail, their bank account will suddenly become buoyant,” he decided.

“Thank you sir!”Victor rose and saluted. Jang dismissed him.

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Chapter 9

Kasarachi was concerned about the cold treatment she had been receiving from the Ogwu twins. She had played along with both though she had only slept with Abel, hoping that she would trap one of them. For a few weeks, neither of them had returned her calls, responded to her chats, or even liked her pictures on instagram. She realised that she had to step up her game. It was in no way her intention to remain a nurse, cleaning up after drooling sickly folk.

“Yuck!” she thought.

She absolutely detested her job and could not wait to find a rich young man who would whisk her off to his mansion so that she would never have to wait on any one again. A number of middle aged men had proposed to her. One of them was the husband of a patient whom she openly seduced while his wife was in labour. Even Matron Ngwanu spat in disgust when she observed her flirtations with the man. Kasarachi had no regrets.

The man was paying for her accommodation, paying her younger brother’s school fees and buying her designer clothes. Her only concern was his erectile dysfunction. She was convinced that the baby his wife had was not his. As a nurse, she gave him medication to keep him happy but, she did not see herself marrying him.

“Tufia kwa (God forbid)!” she spat.

She was sitting in Nurse Anuli’s car. Anuli often dropped her at a bus stop where she got transportation to her house whenever they worked the same shift. The fact that they did not agree on Kasarachi’s methods of getting a man did not stop her from offering her a ride. However, she was never invited to Anuli’s house as the latter had no doubt that Kasarachi would not hesitate to try to seduce her husband.

“What is it?” Anuli asked her, startled.

“Ndi ojo! (bad people)” she shuddered.

Anuli made a hissing sound and concentrated on her driving. She didn’t really want to know what was going on in her colleague’s mind. It would no doubt be dark and dirty. Kasarachi’s stop could not be close enough. She literally sped towards it, eager to discharge her so she could be alone. Her drive home was time to plan the next day’s activities and more. She didn’t need any distraction.

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To be continued.  Cheers, Dr. N

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27 thoughts on “Murder At St. Lucas Hospital 10

    Stranger Here said:
    July 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    More? Please 😁😁
    Between, This one Jeff has a relative in the police force has just made me dance ☺☺. Thanks for the extra dose this week Dr N.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Don’t be a stranger tho.
      Hugs

    Susan said:
    July 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Ghen ghen ghen!!! Jeff has a brother who’s a Superintendent also! Getting more interesting.
    Well done Dr N! Thank God for the public holiday.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Thank God for Susan O. Lol

    Oyinlola Sobowale said:
    July 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Ah! But this was short o. I just checked again, not short…but you know what I mean. Can someone else help Dr Veronica do the naked prayer? I mean I could do it for her tonight #wearsseriouslook

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Sure. Do send me d pics
      #weareserioushere

        ada said:
        July 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

        hahaha. Doc wan see exhibit X.

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        Wetin u wan make I talk? Burden of proof na

    Olori said:
    July 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Dr N, warris all this now. The stories are too short and take a while before they come. Biko help us out

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 20, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Madam ur comment is too short and it took so long.
      More comments pls. Help my ministry
      Lol

        Olori said:
        July 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Hahahhahhahha dr n no words for you

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Really? Come on…u can think of something

    E' said:
    July 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    If you watch Hotel Majestic, Sgt Victor reminds me of Sgt Tony.
    They are too alike without the babymama drama sha.

    Well done mama…
    Looking fwd to PT 11

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 21, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I have missed a lot of that series so I stopped. It was good tho

        E' said:
        July 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        Oh join again na. Tz unfolding nicely anx you are intelligent so you will catch up

    Anonymous Chick said:
    July 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Yay @ new post! Thanks a lot for this extra one. It actually felt short though it wasn’t.

    Things are heating up! Jeff’s bro is a superintendent! nice one!

    Goodness! I hope they don’t arrest Veronica unawares. How low do people get because of money? God help us.

    Reformed silent reader said:
    July 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I literally danced when I opened your blog and saw a new post had been put up. God bless you Dr N! I haven’t even read it yet, I’m going to finish all my chores and then settle down for the treat. *dances away*

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Dances to write more

        reformed silent reader said:
        July 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

        Hahaha! Thank you, good doctor! That’s what we want to hear.
        Things are getting really intense o. I understand why Oyin is even offering to pray on sister Veronica’s behalf. This story is swweeeet mehn! Best of all, its insightful too.

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm

        U too wan pray? Lol
        Thanks tho

    Jedidah said:
    July 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Well-done Dr.N.
    I love Jeff’s family. The love and warmth amongst them.
    Please o when they eventually begin a relationship you have to be detailed about it. Shey you will ?*puppy faced*Thank you in advance -*
    Well-done again

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Hahahahaha. Meeen, this is a murder story O

        Jedidah said:
        July 21, 2015 at 10:29 pm

        It doesn’t mara naw. In the midst of storms love thrives. (Ion know where I got that from though; choi! the way this gehl loves gist ehn)
        Anyways Dr. N you get the rift ba?

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 22, 2015 at 7:20 am

        I gerrit

    dnddyon said:
    July 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Dr N I have a confession…
    I am ALL out for Jeff/Veronica stories…
    lol
    Please make them more frequent
    thanks in advance
    lol

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